John Harding was born near Ely. He is the author of the bestselling What We Did On Our Holiday, made into an ITV drama starring Shane Ritchie and Roger Lloyd Pack. He is a book reviewer for the Daily Mail and lives in London.
'Real atmosphere is increasingly rare in novels and here it is in spades!A darkly glamorous tour de force.' Wendy Holden, DAILY MAIL 'Harding rings enough ingenious changes on James's study of perversity to produce his own full-blown Gothic horror tale. The climax of their struggle! is genuinely exciting and shocking.' THE INDEPENDENT 'Florence and Giles is an elegant literary exercise worked out with the strictness of a fugue: imagine Henry James's The Turn of the Screw reworked by Edgar Allan Poe!Nothing prepares you for the chillingly ruthless but inevitable finale.' THE TIMES 'A tight gothic thriller! The climax becomes unbearably tense. Florence feels the horror of her situation "cheese-grating" her soul, which is just how Harding leaves the reader feeling at the end of this creepily suggestive story.' FINANACIAL TIMES 'Harding's creepy, ingenious tale slyly wrongfoots the reader, and its deliciously sinister conclusion is the stuff of troubled nights.' THE LADY 'Brilliantly creepy' DAILY MIRROR 'An intriguing read' GRAZIA 'A good, clever, modern take on old-style American gothic; a creepy haunted house tale in which the living are just as eerie as any real or imagined ghouls.' NEW ZEALAND HERALD 'a scarily good story, in an arrestingly unusual narrative voice.' THE OXFORD TIMES